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Bar News - June 12, 2009

National Legal Newspaper Assists NHBA Pro Bono

Work smarter and do a good deed by subscribing to Lawyers USA, a national biweekly newspaper providing coverage of legal news and information for small and solo practitioners.

Lawyers USA has agreed to donate $50 to the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program for every new or renewing subscription from a NH Bar member. The discounted annual subscription rate of Lawyers USA is $179.

Subscribers receive:
  • 26 issues of Lawyers USA, including the Top 10 Jury verdicts annual issue, and special focus issues on Law Office Management, Trial Strategies, and more;
  • Subscriber-only access to the newspaper’s searchable archives and verdicts collection at;
  • Daily e-mail alerts of important decisions and other legal news from the federal government and other sources;
  • Free bi-weekly practice-area e-mail alerts specific to your area of practice.
This informative publication has many articles of particular interest to small and solo law firms, as well as substantive articles in many practice areas.

Consider a subscription to Lawyers USA for your office. And remember to mention the charitable campaign code L9ZANH when you subscribe so Lawyers USA knows that you would like them to donate to the New Hampshire Pro Bono Referral Program.

Here’s how to subscribe:

If you were a subscriber, you would not have missed:

Selecting the Right Jury

David A. Wenner and Gregory A. Cusimano’s research shows that some jurors make up their minds before the trial begins, without conscious awareness of their decisions. Identifying such jurors during voir dire is imperative because the case may be over for them before it begins, even though they aren’t likely to acknowledge it.

Effect of Pregnancy Leave Decision Debated

Some attorneys see the Supreme Court’s recent decision that an employer needn’t fully credit pregnancy leave taken before the effective date of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in calculating pension benefits as a narrow holding. But others say it highlights the critical choice facing President Barack Obama in selecting the Court’s next justice.

Microsoft Loses $200M Jury Verdict in i4i Patent Trial

Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, was ordered by a Texas federal jury to pay $200 million to a Canadian company over a patented way to process electronic documents in Microsoft’s Word products.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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